Sonoma Cellar - Old Town Alexandria

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Sonoma Cellar is a new California-inspired wine tasting room and bistro in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Offering an authentic California wine tasting experience, Sonoma Cellar will feature hand-selected wines from 180+ Sonoma County boutique wineries and 20+ Virginia-based wineries where guests have the opportunity to taste a number of varietals from these robust growing regions. Sonoma Cellar’s bistro menu will feature freshly prepared craft foods, designed to pair with the wines, and the gift shop will also carry a variety of distinctive wine-related merchandise.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar with Jose! Super chill, great experience, great wine!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We sat outside and it was a beautiful night. The service was very disappointing as it took over 20 minutes to have our drink and food orders taken. Our server did not come back to our table very often to check on us.

JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and the ambiance was amazing!

However our server was not attentive she barely engaged with us during our dinner.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Had the pork chop, shrimp and pasta, mac & cheese and the charcuterie. Everything was cooked just right. You could tell the servers weren’t experienced but we didn’t have any issues. Food was great but the interior decor needs work.

ME
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to go in Alexandria! The food, atmosphere, service, and wine are all excellent. When the weather is nice, the back patio area is a relaxing place to sit.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Struggled with overall service. 3of us had finished our mains when the 4th got his. Friendly but not good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway fantastic dinner and drinks at Sonoma. We love eating in the courtyard and it did not disappoint. We had an amazing salad and fish tacos that were to die for.

MH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An Alexandria Restaurant Week home run! The fixed menu choices were superb, with many options to choose from. Wine selection was good. The service was outstanding.

VA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went to Sonoma Cellars for restaurant week, and it was very much worth it. The menu was interesting and thoughtful (unlike 90% of the other restaurants participating in restaurant week), and each item we had was very good. The lentil-cumin chili was a big surprise, I really liked it. My wife loved her paella. Having a port offering as one of the dessert selections was a nice change of pace. Service was also excellent. As you might expect, Sonoma Cellars has a superior wine list, though it could maybe use a bit more breadth in spots.

DM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Sonoma Cellara but not the last. All the food was amazing- I really hope they keep the lentils chili into the cold weather months!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

FYI — different from Sonoma on Capitol Hill.

P
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started on their lovely back patio, but moved upstairs once the rain came. Good food and nice ambiance!

BH
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son, daughter-in-law and I went on one of those HOT days, last Friday night. As soon as we walked in we were met with a cool and refreshing experience. We ate upstairs and enjoyed the quiet (and AC). The food was delicious, and every bite was eaten. My son had the steak and the ladies had the kale salad, one with chicken and one with salmon. Because I’m a Californian, I may be biased, but I think Sonoma Cellar is one of the best restaurants in Old Town, and certainly my favorite.

B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Interesting that I had to provide a credit card to hold my reservation for 3 for brunch at 11:00 on a Saturday. The downstairs area was completely empty when we arrived and there were 4 other tables seated upstairs. The food was quite good, French toast, veggie omelets and fish tacos. Very disappointed in the service. Before we could even order drinks, a server was trying to give us another tables food. Which happened again later. We ordered an appetizer that never arrived, no offer of refills for iced tea or water. Had to ask for everything. When we left there were 2 other tables seated in the entire restaurant. Not sure if we would try Sonoma again. Expect a lot better service for a $100 brunch for 4 people.

B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great services, the wine is always excellent and the food was excellent

ST
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Cheese and Charcuterie board was delicious. Paired with the foccacia bread made it even better. Went for wine down Wednesday and shared a tasty bottle of Saurvigon Blanc.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Nice service and food and drink. We like the live music, too. A new, Old Towne favorite for my wife and I.

OT
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Who knew! I am an Old Town resident and never thought Sonoma was anything other that a wine bar. I was very pleased to find out that they have a wonderful kitchen too. I say go and enjoy. Great patio seating available and dog friendly.

JD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great laid back brunch venue!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely time here celebrating Mother’s Day. Food was delicious and the outdoor area was beautiful and relaxing!

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The friendly owner met us at the door and prepared our table for us on the patio (5 stars). It took about 15 minutes to get our order for wine and get it to the table (3 stars). The food was good, though didn't match the price point (3 stars).

EA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the wine and beer! Lots of fabulous choices in all categories!

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great wine tasting/selection! I just wish the portions were a little bigger for dinner. Paying $16 for an appetizer with 4 pieces seems aggressive. I saw the salmon size for $20+ and was glad I did not order it.
You can get a bigger portion down the street at the Fish Market. However, I have been for brunch and highly recommend it!

ND
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I would stick to Sonoma Cellar just for the inside wine bar. It was a beautiful evening, so we chose to eat in their courtyard. Wonderful that they have space off-street, but it needs to be fixed up a bit for dining.

Service was very spotty - there were long gaps without the server in sight, despite a full patio. Food was very disappointing. My husband's steak was sitting on some type of sticky onion jell that he couldn't get off it. My salmon on risotto was overcooked (I requested medium rare) and nothing on the plate had any seasoning. I usually don't salt food, but the veggies (my brussel sprouts, his brocoli had nothing on them, just like my entree). We had to get up to find an employee to give us salt and pepper because nobody was around.

I took advantage of the 3 oz pours to try different wines, but because of the missing serving staff, I had wine-less gaps.

I hate to leave a review like this, but it was really a disappointing experience.

J
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful venue with excellent service. The staff did a great job recommending wines and keeping our glasses filled. It did get a little crowded and noisy but I guess that's the mark of a good location. We opted to taste a couple of wines and have an appetizer and then ventured elsewhere for dinner just because there are so many options. Why should you have to choose just one!

BD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and great service at Sonoma Cellars along with impressive wine list!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great fun with wine tasting and good food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of wines, good food, and nice ambiance.

MK
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A quaint location, built into an Old Town Alexandria row house with minimal modificaions right on King St. Bistro menu with a good amount of variety. You're able to order wines by the bottle, glass or 3 oz. pour so its great for tasting/experimenting with different colors and varietals.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was excellent and very knowledgeable. We will definitely be back.

JC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Both the fish and the steak were over cooked, but we elected not to return the meals as the restaurant was getting busy and we didn’t want to wait why we estimated would be another 10-15 minutes for new plates.

AW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was just meh. We were a table of four on a Weekend nite; however, was not crowded. We had different entrees including the shrimp and hangar steak. The bread pudding and wine selection were the highlights. Many better places in OT.

DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Upstairs room was very cozy. Vegetable tacos were delicious.

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was so poor. We barely ever saw our waiter and ended up having to go refresh our water glasses ourselves. The wait staff just simply is not professional. For the price my cranberry and almond salad was incredibly bland. I think they actually forgot the dressing.

P
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delightful experience. Sure to come back.

p
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Slow night when we dined - but a quaint little hangout in Alexandria.

P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

the food was cold, and poorly presented. Several in my party sent it bad. the staff did compensate some items, but the mood was spoiled. There were people there taking measurements over us while we ate. I've heard the tacos were good, but currently not impressed

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great, however, the service was slow. We ended up waiting about 30 minutes just for the appetizer, which ended up coming out only a couple minutes before our main course.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food was excellent. Service was spotty at best. Wine not as impressive selection as expected.

L
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I like the concept of this place. The wine was very good and the food was great for appetizers. Our service wasn't all the great at all. We were sat upstairs and there were three groups including us and it seems the waitress that was taking care of all three tables wasn't very attentive to either table, but the bartender downstairs did great while we were waiting to be seated.

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